Hearings Before the Board
A. An interested party may appeal to the board an adverse initial decision, including the findings of fact and the conclusions, of a hearing officer or a proposed decision, or any portion thereof, of the board provided a request therefor in writing identifying any alleged errors in the decision is received within 30 days after the date of mailing of the initial decision or the proposed decision, whichever is later.
B. At his option, an interested party may submit written exceptions to the initial or proposed decision within the 30-day period and waive further hearing proceedings.
C. If an interested party fails to appear at a hearing, the board may proceed in his absence and render a decision.